December 29, 2015

almost complete

If someone is going to ask me about this year, how it was and how I feel, the immediate answer crossing my mind, would be:" I feel, like I got hit by a steamroller." And this is exactly, what 2015 stands for; a constant force, rolling in and out like never before. Twelve months of new perspectives, and of plans being thrown overboard like cardboard boxes. There had been a good dose of pain and tears, but also an equally huge share of love, understanding and precious experiences.

I was planning to write a perfectly laid out resumée, about all that has happened, but only going through the images made me understand, I am still not there yet. It will take some more days, maybe even weeks to finally get to the core of it all. The only thing I can say right now, I am happy and incredibly thankful for every little inch of 2015. There are a bunch of great people, who came into our lifes lately. Others have left, some because it was their time and some, for good reasons. Letting go is actually one of the biggest lessons, 2015 has taught me. It is no rocket science to understand this process, but I have never been awfully good at it. And the second huge lesson, had been on being loud, on speaking your mind, arcticulate your point clearly and to stand up for your moral standards. To be honest, I had always considered myself to be a person with a strong mind. How wrong I was and how often, I have been thinking more about other people's opinion about me, instead of showing my true colors.

Well, you see what I am babbling about and that there is still a lot to process and to digest over here, therefor I just want to say, how thankful I am, that you still visit this place, that you have sticked with me throughout a year of confusion, silence and with as little blogposts, as never before.

Tomorrow we will go on a little roadtrip to celebrate New Year with my family. The perfect ending to a year, which can be considered a hell of a journey.

I wish that your 2015 is ending on a sparkling note, a silent one if you're rather aiming for slowmotion, and that 2016 will start in the most pleasant or glorious way, we all can imagine. Lots of loving from the Fishbowl. I'll see you around next year.

* Do not forget to jump over and get your Foodthoughts Calendar 2016. Thank you.

December 18, 2015

a little invitation

For all the ones who are in Berlin tonight, we're having a little show and a get together at the Fishbowl and you are, of course, solemly invited. We are looking forward to many guests and a great event.

For the ones who are too far away and who can't make it, we will miss you. Have a wonderful weekend.

Alright, there is still tons to do, as usual, and I better roll up my sleeves and start.

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December 15, 2015

some more kitchen stories

Yesterday we had the great pleasure to hold another workshop at the Fishbowl. This time our guests were around twenty elderly people, alright including some young chicks, from all over the world. They came over to cook togehter and to teach us, all about their regional kitchens. And the rituals connected to food in their original country. All of them are living in Berlin for many years, each of them with tons of intersting journey and stories, adding to that very special cultural mix, making this city so special. After three hours of buzzing in the kitchen, we sat together and ate; we've got served Polish cucumber and Turkish bellpepper soup, we had rice and Bulgur, lady finger's stew, roasted beef with hazelnuts and for desert, a made from stretch Apfelstrudel. I think I haven't eaten so good in a long time. And I also am still deeply grateful for this amazing experience. Thank you each and every single one of our guests:" You guys, rock!"

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December 14, 2015

in the middle of it

It is very late at night, the husband is driving across town to deliver blankets and hot tea, while I am cleaning up the studio. The images might not be gorgeous, but actually I feel great. Tired yes, but great. Tomorrow, we will be cooking with 15 elderly people. From all over the world. And have dinner with them. And on Friday, there will be a one-night-show at the Fishbowl and it will be so fine to see all those lovely collectors, clients and friends, just before heading into the Holidays. And last but not least, the end of the year will even hold a little roadtrip to my family. To celebrate New Year's Eve with them. So, apart from me still coughing a bit, things couldn't look any brighter over here. Life is good.

I wish you a wondereful last week before Christmas. And don't forget, to always take enough time to hug your loved ones.

* Do not forget to jump over and get your Foodthoughts Calendar 2016. Thank you.

December 01, 2015

queen of colors

A quiet day in the studio this has been. We already have the first of December, meaning only 18 days to go for the little show I have invited to. Usually Tuesday and I have one or the other issue, but today was good. The phone was turned off, I only ate what came into my mind, listened to inspiring podcasts, drank a lot of tea and painted, painted, painted. It would be nice to return to this mood tomorrow. So in saying this, I wish you a chilled night and a bright tomorrow morning. Emma is demanding food right now.

* Do not forget to jump over and get your Foodthoughts Calendar 2016. Thank you.

November 22, 2015

simply sunday

For weeks, we had the first Sunday breakfast together. The husband and I. Both, we are sitting in our office aka studio now, silently working. No big deals or life changing adventures, just paperwork and packing stuff, to send it out by tomorrow. Both, our headsets on, we are listening to our own tunes. Mine is Tom Waits. And I am asking myself, when it had been the last time, I was listening to this guy. I am happy in this bubble. Tired, but happy, while the November weather has finally turned into the wet and cold mode. Berlin had even snow today. Fine with me, including the early darkness. Some days just need this kind of setting.

But oh, to make it not too cosy for myself, last week I have decided to finish off this year, with a little exhibition. I just needed to give myself a kick and a good dose of artworking, as well. No real concept yet, by far not enough pieces either, but on December the 18th, we are going to have a one night show in the Fishbowl. And you know what, apart from a sightly hysterical beast crawling in from behind, I am so looking forward to this. Feel free to call me crazy, but the idea of late night painting and long studio hours, make my heart jump intensively.

Tonight though, calls for more tea, a hot bath and probably some Turkish takeaway. I wish you a good Sunday night and an even more pleasant start into the upcoming week.

* Do not forget to jump over and get your Foodthoughts Calendar 2016. Thank you.

November 18, 2015

launch of foodthoughts 2016

Over the last days, I was thinking how to do this. Or, if to do it at all. The world seems to be in turmoil and most of us are witnessing it, rather worried and with heavy hearts.

But after all, I am an artist. My my mind and my soul, art is the one thing I am really good at. The one thing, the passion for it will never cease and I strongly believe, it is up to us to keep on moving. To live, to love and even to dance, despite feeling so incomprehensibly sad that we lack the depth to see the light. We have to live without fear.

And this is exactly, why I am doing this here and today.

The launch of the FOODTHOUGHTS Calendar 2016. 

Instead of stopping in my tracks and staying somehow paralyzed, I've decided to use what I do best and make it my share, to help at least some of the incredible volunteers, I had the honor to work with over the last months. Therefor, € 4 of every single calendar, will go to the charity organization Be an Angel. Together with these amazing guys, I will choose two Berlin initiatives supporting refugees and donate the money to them.

So, quickly jump over to the shop and get your own, originally signed issue of FOODTHOUHTS 2016. Thank you.

Let's get things moving towards love. Let's celebrate life.

November 14, 2015

not today.

For the second time this year, I had another post planned, that has lost it's meaning over night. For noumerous times over this year, I  am deeply sad and almost completely out of words. Stay calm world, is all that comes to my mind. Today I am mourning for the ones having lost their lifes, I feel broken for the severly injured, and I am having tears for the people of Paris, Beirut, Allepo, Ankara, wherever terror strikes. For today, there is more need for quiet.

November 03, 2015

queen of colors

Two days into the new week and I am totally diving into drawing, coloring and taking the time for intensive studio hours. I have missed it so much, you won't believe it. This week's Queen of Colors is all about the fruits, vegetables and a good dose of blue. And me in the middle of it.

For the ones who haven't read it yet, M I M A has been kindly asking me some questions (entirely in German, sorry) and I have been trying my best to answer them.

And now it is soup time over here. I wish you a delightful dinner as well.


November 01, 2015

and here we go again

Seriously, another month. Again. I can't believe it myself, but I won't go there for more explanations. This would be just pathetic and beyond being far too busy, life actually feels quite good right now. The images might give you an idea. I will simply send out my love to you and go back to drawing.

By the end of this week, the new Foodthoughts Calendar is going to be launched and we are having a little show, by the end of November.

Stay tuned, lovers. And enjoy an amazing week.

October 07, 2015

a long overdue queen of colors

How can one sum up a complete month, that has been flown away like a very fast little bird. A September as different as August has already been. Probably not at all, but I will try my best to fill you in, on all the tiny and the bigger stories.

First of all, my computer is working again. I have a lot of files that still need recreation, and some of the data will be lost forever, but as expected one gets used to the concept of saying goodbye and it hurts less today, than it did four weeks ago.

Then there was the conference, I had been talking about a lot lately. Art and Inclusion. And it has been another very interesting experience 2015. The aim was to bundle a strong group of experts and get into dialog with politicians, art organisations and cultural institutes. At the end of two days of speeches and workshops, we had a big panel discussion. My speech went quite well and I did meet some very active and competent people, but I have to admit, other than in my personal world, art and inclusion simply does not happen on a wider level. So far. There is a lot of work ahead for this society. And even more, a lot to change on a political level, until at least some parts of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be transformed into action around here. My sight on the topic and my conclusion as well, will be to go on working as an artist and to be present. Maybe turning up at show openings and art fairs, is much more of a political statement, than to do the talking alone. At least, it seems to be exactly my way. Not that I will stop talking, as you might have guessed, but working as an artist simply shows, that working as an artist with a disability, is no rocket sience.

Apart from this rather special event, a lot of tiny things have changed in our daily routines. We have taken over the attitude of drinking our tea the Arabic way. Strong and aromatic. Because our guests have teached us and it stayed. A lovely way to have your tea, believe me. There have been picnics with old and new Berliners, long hours in the kitchen, the husband has been cooking a lot of chicken and Couscous lately and the more we have opened our doors, the more blessed we did feel. Blessed to meet extraordinary people. And blessed to set a little statement against ignorance and a statement for respect and love. As cheesy as this might sound, but once a Hippie, always a Hippie.

And finally, I am back in the studio, painting and drawing. The next thing, I am busy working on the new edition of the Foodthoughts Calendar. So expect of lot of fruits, vegetables and within the next days, the chance to reserve your very own, personal issue.

For now, this should be enough. I wish you a great week ahead and will see you in a couple of days.